Washington:

The US has defended Pakistan's decision to approve $450 million in financial assistance to maintain a fleet of F-16 fighter jets, saying the planes should be used to enhance Islamabad's ability to deal with "obvious" terrorist threats. It is "our duty" to provide military equipment to ensure 'maintenance'.

Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden, overturning former President Donald Trump's decision, approved $450 million in financial assistance to Pakistan to maintain a fleet of F-16 fighter jets.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who visited America, questioned this decision.

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In response to questions on this issue, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, 'It is related to maintenance for the long-standing F-16 with Pakistan.

There is nothing new in this, but what is with it (Pakistan) is being maintained.

It is our responsibility and obligation to maintain the military equipment that we provide.

This is our responsibility.

In a joint press conference with Jaishankar, Blinken said, "There are clear threats of terrorism emanating from Pakistan and whether it is Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, whether IS or al-Qaeda, I think the threats are clear and that It is in all of us to make sure we have the means to deal with them.


Blinken said a day after holding talks with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari that the US encourages its friends to resolve their differences through diplomacy, dialogue.



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